ARTHUR DAVIS IN HIS FORGE
A villager remembers: “Arthur was a genial, popular man and the smithy became a place where the boys of the village loved to gather and help out if necessary“. John Davis also remembered “he never threw anything away. He also found a use for bits and pieces. If anyone to anyone wanted something made or repairing he would do it.”
Arthur Davis worked to quite an old age and I am not certain when he finally retired. He died in 1963. His anvil is mounted in a recess in the wall below the site of the smithy with a nearby plaque to his memory.
The last blacksmith in Bisley was Norman Bucknell who lived and had his forge on the site now occupied by “Little Close” on the Stroud Road.
Research Juliet Shipman and Ian Edmunds